Lise Christensen

Lise Christensen

Mezzo-Soprano

- a luxuriant, soulful voice
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«Lise Christensen singing the role of the servant Suzuki has a characteristic voice which is definitely worth a listen - she uses it brilliantly.»
by Søren Schauser, Berlingske Tidende (2016)
«The servant Suzuki a beautifully singing Lise Christensen.»
by Gregers Dirckinck-Holmfeld (2016)
«Lise Christensen was one of the evening’s stars - a luxuriant, soulful voice [..]»
Opera Now (2016)
2016Puccini: Madama ButterflySuzuki
2016Wagner: TannhäuserVenus
2015Puccini: Madama ButterflyKate
2015Mascagni: L'Amico FritzBeppe, Fritz's Friend
2015Stravinsky: The Rake's ProgressMother Goose
2015Menotti: Amahl and the Night VisitorsAmahl's Mother
2014Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierOctavian
2014Bizet: CarmenMercédès
2013Wagner: Die WalküreRoßweiße (Rossweisse)
2012Mozart: Die ZauberflöteDritte Dame (Third Lady)
2011Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelGertrud
2010Britten: A Midsummer Night's DreamHippolyta
2010Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroMarcellina
2007Strauss J.: Die FledermausPrince Orlofsky
2005Bizet: CarmenCarmen

Bio


Born in Denmark, Lise Christensen first studied History, Dramaturgy and Music at The University of Copenhagen and subsequently singing at The Royal Danish Academy of Music and at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. At GSMD she won the Schubert Prize, The Crompton Lieder Award and The Philharmonia Chorus’ Prize. She completed her studies at The National Opera Studio supported by The Friends of Covent Garden, a Jean Dunlop Bursary and the Sybil Tutton Charitable Trust. Lise is also a Concordia Foundation Artist and a Samling Artist. Lise was recently the recipient of the Wagner Society’s Carole Rees Award enabling her to study the roles of Fricka and Brangäne with Dame Anne Evans.

As a concert soloist, Lise’s performances include Beethoven Choral Symphony with The Philharmonia in the Barbican under Christopher Warren-Green and with The Manchester Camerata in Bridgewater Hall under Douglas Boyd, Verdi Requiem in Truro Cathedral and The Sheldonian, Vaughan Williams A serenade to Music in Queen Elisabeth Hall under John Wilson, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle with The Philharmonia Chorus and Ian Burnside and a recital of Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen in St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Operatic engagements include the roles of Suzuki / Madama Butterfly for the Danish National Opera, Kate Pinkerton / Madama Butterfly (orig. 1904 version) with Raymond Gubbay Ltd/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at The Royal Albert Hall, Mother / Amahl and the Night Visitors with Capital Arts in St Paul’s Covent Garden under Oliver Gooch, Venus / Tannhäuser & Octavian / Der Rosenkavalier in Edinburgh with EPOG, Third Lady / Die Zauberflöte and Rossweisse (cover) / Die Walküre for Longborough Festival Opera, Mercedes (cover) / Carmen for Raymond Gubbay, Mother / Hansel und Gretel for Iford Arts, Hippolyta / A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Marcellina / Le Nozze di Figaro for English Touring Opera and (cover) for Scottish Opera, Prince Orlofsky / Die Fledermaus for London Lyric Opera/The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and for Scottish Opera, Harpie of War and She, Olivia and Rosanna / Scottish Opera’s FIVE:15, Cherubino / Le nozze di Figaro (cover) for Welsh National Opera and the title role in Carmen for Mid Wales Opera.

In 2015 Lise and her husband started their own company 'Søholm Opera' on the beautiful island of Samsø in Denmark. www.soeholmopera.com

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Puccini: Madama Butterfly Suzuki 24 hours Danish National Opera (Den Jyske Opera) 2016
Wagner: Tannhäuser Venus 1 week EPOG ( concert) 2016
Puccini: Madama Butterfly Kate 1 Day Raymond Gubbay Ltd 2015
Mascagni: L'Amico Fritz Beppe, Fritz's Friend Danish National Opera (Den Jyske Opera) 2015
Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress Mother Goose 1 Day Saffron Opera Group (concert) 2015

Awards

Wagner Society: Carole Rees Award
2016
Schubert Prize, GSMD
2016
Crompton Lieder Award GSMD
2016